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Winter Break Shuttle Schedule

Transportation Services will be running a limited shuttle service during winter break, Dec. 22 through Jan. 9. The shuttle will be running on campus from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The shuttle service will include frequent stops throughout the day at the Lakeshore Center. The shuttle will not run on the following dates; Dec. 24, 25 and 31, as well as Jan. 1.

The City of Houghton will not be running on campus during winter break, Dec. 22 through Jan. 9. For questions, contact Angela Kolehmainen at or 7-3288.
Originally posted in Tech Today (12/19/2014)

2014 Fall Commencement Reception

The campus community is invited to join our new graduates and their families for a special reception directly after the commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 20, in the SDC Multipurpose Room.

The event is hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations office at 7-2400.

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/16/2014)

Tobacco-Free Policy Update on E-Cigarettes

The Tobacco-Free Task Force and the Executive Team reviewed the results of surveys conducted by the University Senate, Staff Council, Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government. In keeping with last year’s decision to become a tobacco-free campus, I have decided to move ahead with a total ban of all tobacco and smoking-like products. This will include e-cigarettes. The action is part of an ongoing effort to be a more welcoming and healthy campus.

The ban will go into effect on Jan. 12, 2015, the first day of the spring semester. New signage will inform people that Michigan Tech is a tobacco-free campus, including e-cigarettes. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Originally Posted in Tech Today (12/15/2014)

Mapping Faculty Career Processes at Michigan Tech (Lean Report-Out)

The campus community is invited to a Lean report-out on two kaizen events devoted to mapping faculty career processes. The report-out will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. A primary purpose of the event is to facilitate feedback from all members of the Tech community.

The Lean techniques are being used in support of a grant proposal to NSF ADVANCE: “Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers.” Program details can be found online. An ongoing series of kaizen events is being conducted with interdisciplinary teams consisting of representatives from all Colleges, at all faculty ranks and administrative offices. The focus is on identifying steps and programs to improve faculty career processes and goals.

The most recent kaizens addressed pre-tenure and post-tenure career processes. Later kaizens will address recruitment, retention and metrics for success. The kaizen series and related ADVANCE proposal development efforts are supported by the Provost’s Office. For more information, contact Sonia Goltz (, Adrienne Minerick ( or Patty Sotirin (

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/10/2014)

On Campus Meeting Regarding Lift Bridge Plans – Dec. 18

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will share plans for the major maintenance project on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, scheduled to begin later this month, at a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Fisher 138.

Residents, community stakeholders and business owners can review the plans for construction and ask questions of MDOT staff members and contractor representatives.

MDOT will perform upgrades and preventive maintenance work on the lift bridge between Houghton and Hancock from mid-December 2014 to mid-April 2016. This $8.3 million project includes lift cable replacement, balance chain maintenance, electrical and mechanical upgrades, security system improvements, spot painting and new barrier gates.

The project will require two long-term nighttime closures of the bridge and numerous short-term closures.

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/9/2014)

Extended Library Hours (Dec 7-19)

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will be open 24/7 from Sunday, Dec. 7, (11:59 p.m.) through Friday, Dec. 19, when the library will resume regular hours and close at 10 p.m. As always, when the library’s main building is closed, access is available to enrolled students, as well as faculty and staff, through the west entrance where there is an area that includes 70 workstations, a printer, snacks and comfortable seating.

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/5/2014)

Diwali Night: Saturday Dec 6

Diwali Night, the Indian festival of lights, has become a tradition far from its Indian roots—at Michigan Tech. This Saturday, Dec. 6, is Diwali Night at Tech, hosted by the Indian Students Association (ISA).

Dinner, served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Commons, will include Hara Bhara Kabab—a vegetable patty  stuffed with spinach, potatoes and green peas; Chicken Mughlai—a cashew curry chicken; Paneer Kadai—a vegetarian entree of cottage cheese in tomato-based curry; pita bread; Kashmiri Pulav—Basmati rice cooked in Indian spices and dried fruits; and Vermicelli Kheer—a dessert of flavored vermicelli pudding with milk and sugar.

After dinner, there will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa Center, on the theme “The Wonder Years,” focusing on college life with friends. The Indian Students Association band will play Indian music. Drama and dance will include Indian classical Bharatnatyam, from southern India; folk dances including Bhangra or Punjabi from North India, and Lavani, which is Maharashtrian folk dancing from the West of India, and the Western hip-hop.

There are various legends about the origin of Diwali. Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. In Bengal, the festival is dedicated to the worship of Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom is also worshipped in most Hindu homes during Diwali. The festival also commemorates the return of Rama, along with Sita and Lakshman, from his 14-year exile and the vanquishing of the demon-king Ravana.

Tickets include dinner and the performance. The cost is $15 for the general public and $8 for ISA members.

Tickets for the event are available at the following:

  • Rozsa Center webpage
  • SDC Ticket Office—in person or by calling 7-2073
  • MUB Commons Promotion Desk—11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 5
  • Rozsa Box Office—Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. for the performance  only

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/3/2014)

Missing your bike?

During the Thanksgiving break, bicycles were picked up throughout campus that were not at a designated winter bike rack. The bicycles are currently at Facilities Management.

If you cannot locate your bicycle, please stop by the Facilities Building, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or contact Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216. To retrieve your bicycle, you must present your student ID, and the bicycle will have to be registered with the Department of Public Safety and Police Services upon release.

The only winter bike racks on campus are located at the Van Pelt Library, DHH, McNair Hall and Wadsworth Hall.

Originally posted in Tech Today (12/2/2014)

Clean water PhD project gets press

Research by PhD student Bas Wijnen (MSE) and his collaborators Jerry Anzalone (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was highlighted in Make Magazine and covered by 3D Print.

Their work describes a water quality testing device made with open source components and 3D printing, with a focus on portability and low cost (paper available on This device would facilitate the testing of water quality in the field, before and after an intervention like the salt-enhanced solar water disinfection method previously developed by Pearce’s research group.

Originally announced in Tech Today (11/26/2014)